Despite the challenges of the fall 2020 semester, Royster fellows achieved many successes. Here are some of their incredible accomplishments.
Submitted three first author articles for publication:
- International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: "Safe healthcare facilities: a systematic review on the costs of establishing and maintaining environmental health in facilities in low- and middle-income countries"
- BMC Health Services Research journal: "Development and application of tools to cost delivery of environmental health services in healthcare facilities: a financial analysis in urban Malawi"
- Global Health Science and Practice journal: "A toolkit for costing environmental health services in healthcare facilities"
Accepted into UNC-Duke Collaborative Clinical Pharmacology NIH T32 Postdoctoral Training Program
Submitted an article for publication to the WHO Bulletin: "Implementing World Health Organization’s 2016 antenatal care recommendations in South Africa"
Successfully defended dissertation proposal: "Racial disparities in postpartum care"
Book chapter accepted for publication: "Proteomics approaches to investigate gammaherpesvirus biology and associated tumorigenesis" in the AVR SI: Proteomics Approaches to Unravel Virus - Vertebrate Host Interactions Volume 109
Received the 2020 Graduate Student Scholar Award from the UNC-Chapel Hill Pharmacology Department
Co-developed and taught her first course: ENVR 240
Passed written comprehensive exam and successfully defended proposal
Won UNC 3-Minute Thesis competition
Accepted to NIH Summer Internship Program
Published a peer-reviewed article in Reproductive Toxicology: "Placental genomic and epigenomic signatures associated with infant birth weight highlight mechanisms involved in collagen and growth factor signaling"
Accepted into the American Evaluation Association's Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program
Received the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School's Impact Award for dissertation work: "'I Didn’t Want to be a Victim': Examining Grassroots, Long-Term, Hurricane Recovery in Robeson County, NC"
Co-interviewed on season two of the Southern Futures Podcast about dissertation work
Published three peer-reviewed articles:
- Social Science Research: "Educational Differences in Mortality Associated with Central Obesity: Decomposing the Contribution of Risk and Prevalence"
- Preventive Medicine: "Occupation, employment status, and 'despair'-associated mortality risk among working-aged U.S. adults, 1997–2015"
- Demographic Research: "The persistent southern disadvantage in US early life mortality, 1965‒2014"
Two forthcoming publications accepted:
- "Social Inequality and the Future of Life Expectancy in the U.Sarticles." in Annual Review of Sociology
- "Trajectories of Subjective Health: Testing Longitudinal Models of Self-Rated Health" in Demography
Received the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School Impact Award for dissertation work: "Lead and children in North Carolina: patterns of lead testing across the state and a case study of point sources in Forsyth County, North Carolina”
Published a first author article in the Journal of Applied Physics: "Resolving the discrepancy between theoretical and experimental polarization of hyperpolarized 129Xe using numerical simulations and in situ optical spectroscopy"
Published an article in Arthritis Care and Research journal: "General functional status: common outcome measures for adults with rheumatic disease"
Published an article in BMC Medical Education Journal: "Predictors of research productivity among physical therapy programs in the United States: an observational study"
Received the Department of Allied Health Sciences Student Research Ambassador Award
Published a first author article in Nature Ecology and Evolution: "Same-sex sexual behaviour and selection for indiscriminate mating"
Received the 2021 UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award within the biological and life sciences: "Plasticity-led evolution in nature"
Received the Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award
Received the Society of Women Geogoraphers Pruitt Dissertation Fellowship Award
Taught her first class as an instructor GEOG 130: Development & Inequality
Submitted a article for publication on her project: "Mujeres Tejedoras del Conocimiento: Mam Mayan Women Weaving Knowledge for Decolonial Futures"
Published a first author article in the Journal of Virology: "Using SHAPE-MaP To Model RNA Secondary Structure and Identify 3′UTR Variation in Chikungunya Virus"
Published an article in bioRxiv: "Comparative analysis of coronavirus genomic RNA structure reveals conservation in SARS-like coronaviruses"
Received a scholarship to Hong Kong University's Law and Humanities Summer School
Received a UNC Humanities for the Public Good Fellowship with Siembra NC, an immigrant rights organization
Received the UNC Graduate School's I4 Boundary Spanners Program Raship
Panel proposal accepted for the 2021 NC Conference on Latin American Studies on: "Instabilities and Collective Responses: Labor and Housing Rights During the Pandemic"
Three peer-reviewed articles and one policy brief published:
- American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene: "Validity of a four-item Household Water Insecurity Experiences Scale for assessing water issues related to health and well-being"
- American Journal of Human Biology: "'If there is no water, we cannot feed our children': The far‐reaching consequences of water insecurity on infant feeding practices and infant health across 16 low‐ and middle‐income countries"
- Nature Sustainability: "Water and sanitation for all in a pandemic"
- AIDS and Behavior: "Persistent food insecurity, but not HIV, is associated with depressive symptoms among perinatal women in Kenya: A longitudinal perspective"
Detailed review of a recent publication: Measures of water insecurity can help identify those most affected and inform policy and design of interventions.
Co-developed and taught Royster First Year Seminar IDST 089: Bones, Borders, and Bureaucracy: Statehood in Mesopotamia
Passed field exams to complete Comprehensive Exam requirements
Published three articles:
- Genetic Epidemiology: "Assessing exposure effects on gene expression"
- Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics: "Precise and Accurate Power of the Rank-Sum Test for a Continuous Outcome"
- Scientific Reports: "Assessing the impact of vorinostat and AGS-004, a dendritic cell-based immunotherapy, on persistent HIV-1 Infection"
Presented dissertation research at the virtual ENAR and JSM statistics conferences
Named a Venture Catalyst Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill to participate in a collaborative program between Innovate Carolina and KickStart Venture Services
Submitted a first author article for publication to the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences journal: "The cellular environment affects protein-protein interactions"
Submitted article for publication to the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies: "Unwittingly Agreed: Fujimori, Neoliberal Governmentality, and the Inclusive Exclusion of Indigenous Women"
Multiple blog posts on continuing partnership with the Sovereign Bodies Institute:
Published first author article in Perspectives of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Special Interest Groups journal: "Using Mixed Methods Research to Better Understand Pediatric Feeding Disorder"
Awarded an NC TraCS $2000 Pilot Grant
Published first author article in the American Journal of Public Health: "Populist Nationalism Threatens Health and Human Rights in the COVID-19 Response"
Highlighted in the Carolina Graduate School Magazine for collaborative video project to increase understanding of COVID-19
Published first author article in The Journal of Cultural Economy: "Speculating on Precarious Income: Finance Cultures and the Risky Strategies of Healthy Volunteers in Clinical Drug Trials"
Published a Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology entry on "Surveillance"